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Vietnam family tour package 2019 – Top 4 exciting activities to experience https://www.indochinavoyages.com/travel-blog/vietnam-family-tour-package-2019-top-4-activities

Traveling with your kids is always not an easy task and many people find it challenging to design a Vietnam family tour package. Your kids may get bored by a classic itinerary with so many museums, temples, pagodas, etc. I bet you wish you would find this blog sooner as with below suggestions, your work will be so much easier.

A trip of Halong Bay overnight cruise

A Vietnam family tour package 2019 will not be completed without an overnight cruise trip in Halong Bay. It is because such excursion offers many interesting activities that all family members will enjoy together. Most of the children are keen on exploring the beautiful outdoors. So you and your kids will have the chance to discover amazing caves with a Halong Bay overnight cruise. You will be surprised at how attentive your kids are when they are hearing how the cave was formed.

 

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Discovering amazing caves in Halong Bay with your kids

Another fun part is kayaking. This activity is often voted as a highlight when your travel to Halong Bay that both the young and middle-aged people enjoy. If you are traveling in a big family with elderly, the boat often offer rowing boat ride as an alternative. When night falls, the family can just chat on the sundeck to enjoy the sky on the sea or try squid fishing. On the second morning, some boats offer a trip to a local floating fishing village and you may teach your kids how the pearl is naturally created.

 

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Kayaking – a fun activity in most of Vietnam family tour packages

Zipline in Phong Nha

Another activity that can build up the great family holidays to Vietnam is zipline in Phong Nha Quang Binh. To reach Phong Nha from Hanoi, a short flight of 1 hour and 30 minutes is recommended. There is only 01 flight per day which is operated by Vietnam Airlines. If you like the idea of visiting Phong Nha, you better book a Vietnam tour package with airfare in advance, as soon as possible. For those who need to travel on a budget or in case, the flight is sold out, night train is the second choice. The train leaves from Hanoi in late evening and reaches Dong Hoi by next morning.

Top popular attractions in Phong Nha are Phong Nha Cave, Paradise Cave, and Dark Cave. Among those mentioned places, your kids will definitely choose Dark Cave where an adventure 400 meter double-zip line have been opened since 2014. Your family will have so much fun with the mud bath and swimming. Photo opportunities are great too!

 

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Zipline to Dark Cave in Phong Nha-Ke Bang is a must for an adventure family package

Hoi An ancient town

Let’s come to Hoi An next. This ancient town is my favorite place of all time. There is a very interesting experience for family – Cooking Class. Red Bridge Cooking School is what you may find after countless research on Tripadvisor and this company will not let you down. The meeting point is at Hai Café in No. 98 Nguyen Thai Hoc Street. This place is located in the ancient town where cars are not allowed so you will have to find your own way there. If you are staying at nearby hotels, it is easy to just walk to the cafe. Else, all family members together bike there will be lovely too.

 

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Biking in Hoi An ancient town

Joining this class, you will have a chance to visit a busy local market, talk, and bargain with some local sellers as well as learn about unique ingredients that are often used in Vietnamese dishes. Your family will also have time for a short cruise on Hoi An River for approximately 25 minutes to reach Red Bridge Cooking School. This is a great opportunity to enjoy the local lives along the river. Attending 2 hours cooking class will bring your family a lot of beautiful memories. When back home, whenever missing Vietnam family holidays 2019, all members can prepare a Vietnamese meal together. It is such a nice gift to bring home! Updated price in November 2018, the seat in coach costs US$33 per person. Also, private class can be arranged upon request and with a surcharge.

 

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Hoi An is the best place for a cooking class

Exploring Saigon at night on Motorbikes

My last stop is Saigon and the picked activity is exploring Saigon at night on Motorbikes. Such a tour often starts around 18:00 then you can combine it with your classic city tour/Cu Chi tunnels tour or even Mekong Delta day tour. The best thing about this activity is that you will be taken to interesting places that normally other tourists do not know. This is the final stop where all the remaining money should be spent.

 

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Saigon vespa tour

Motorbike riders will bring you through China Town where you can do shopping at popular spots. After that, a light dinner with some unique local dishes will complete your night. This tour is safe and suitable for both elderly and children as. Your drivers are regularly trained and tested as safety is the 1st concern. If you have a small kid the he/she should with you. For children from 7 years old and above, he/she will need to ride with a local driver. The good news is the kids love this experience. Based on your travel interests and budget, you can choose Saigon Vespa tour or normal motorbikes which are cheaper. For me, I chose normal motorbikes as it is considerably cheaper I want to be a part of local life.

 

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Exploring Saigon by night is best by motorbike

Last but not least, please have a look at a list of related Vietnam tours 2019 below for your reference:

Now, anyone can plan a great, memorable and meaningful Vietnam family tour package. Traveling with your kids or your elderly parent can be fun and worry-free if you know about the above activities.

 

Huyen Nguyen – Travel Specialist

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Vietnam and Cambodia tours 2019 – Top list of things not to forget https://www.indochinavoyages.com/travel-blog/vietnam-and-cambodia-tours-2019-things-not-forget

If you find packing for your Vietnam and Cambodia tours 2019 difficult, check out our Vietnam and Cambodia packing list about all the things you should bring along to these beautiful countries.

 

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Explore Angkor Wat with Vietnam and Cambodia tours 2019

Vietnam and Cambodia visa

Before getting to any country, it is necessary that you will need your visa. Firstly, check your passport if it is valid for at least 6 months counting from your arrival date.

For both countries, there are 3 main ways to obtain it; which are via Embassy in your home town, E-Visa and visa on arrival. The first option as well as Vietnam E-visa and Cambodia E-visa have to be prepared in prior to your departure to our countries; and apart from the visa itself and your passport which is a must for your travel, you do not need to bring any other documents. Meanwhile, for visa on arrival, remember to bring the approval letter for visa on arrival to Vietnam, 02 passport-sized photos and cash for visa stamping fee.

Cambodia visa stamping fee is US$30 per person, Vietnam visa stamping fee is US$25 per person.

 

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Vietnam visa

Vietnam and Cambodia packing list

The weather in Vietnam and Cambodia is quite the same, despite the fact that temperature in Cambodia is higher than Vietnam. So the packing list is expected to be just one.

Money

Basically, you will need cash or some planned amount on your credit card for your vacation. Most of it will be for main meals, drinking water, sightseeing tickets, laundry, tips, taxi/transportation fee, etc.

  • Transportation

Once arriving at the airport, you will need a cab taking you to your hotel. This fee is from US$10-20 and will be less in some places such as Ho Chi Minh City where the airport is closed to the city center. For the other excursions, you can also use taxi; but there’re quite a lot of scam for tourist taxi in big cities and Grab – the most convenient and cost-saving for private car/taxi services using the base of internet. However this will only easily apply for ones who plan meticulously of all the spots they want to go, the fee can be from US$1.5 – 3/excursion

  • Food and drink

Street food is incredibly cheap like US$1-2 for a “banh mi”, US$2-2.5 for a bowl of Pho noodle or Bun Bo Hue or Hu Tieu, US$2.5-3 for a plate of chicken rice etc. A bottle of beer costs US$2 and for a dinning out with a set menu, the price is around US$10-15 per person.

  • Tipping

Tipping isn’t a norm while traveling, but expected in many countries especially in Vietnam and Cambodia while their tourism is developing. We have an useful guideline for tipping in Vietnam here, you might want to take a look: https://www.indochinavoyages.com/travel-blog/tipping-in-vietnam

 

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Vietnamese Dong

If you already book the package holidays to Vietnam and Cambodia from your home which most tours include lunches and the tickets for your touring days so that you do not have to bring much cash in your pocket. You can use US$ notes for restaurants, tipping or souvenirs but it is more cost-effective if you convert the majority of the cash in Vietnamese Dong and Cambodia Riel. You can easily do it at the airport in the arriving country.

 

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Cambodian Riel

Medical Items

  • For the safe Vietnam and Cambodia holidays 2019, pack a first-aid kit with bandages, disinfectant, tweezers and an anti-diarrhea medicine, you can quickly treat cuts and scratches and stop them from getting infected. To avoid some problems occurred with foreign pharmacies like some medicines that are unavailable, poor in quality or unclear origin, make sure to bring prescripted medications in quantities large enough to use during your trip.
  • Sun cream to avoid the extreme heat and the long day time during summer in Vietnam and Cambodia
  • Insect repellent especially for the countryside area

Clothes

Clothes made by cotton are highly recommended which will absorb much of your sweat; as Vietnam and Cambodia can be hot and humid all the time. For visiting temples and religious places, choose pants that cover your knees, long skirts or t-shirt with sleeves and modest neckline. Shoes, long pants and water-proof light jacket are suitable for rainy season.

You do not have to bring a lot of clothes when coming to Vietnam and Cambodia tours as things here are quite cheap and the laundry services are everywhere with fair price and good quality.

 

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Eazy laundry and dry service in Cambodia

Other stuff

  • Water resist phone bag

There are a lot of interesting water activities throughout your Vietnam and Cambodia holidays; not only beach time or snorkeling, but also river boating in Ninh Binh, Quang Binh, Tonle Sap Lake, etc. So make sure to have a water-resist phone bag with you to protect your phone from downpours of rain and to have some good shot under water.

  • Flight tickets, hotel vouchers

You should keep them handy with theirs phone number and address in details; so that you will never get lost on the streets and always can find your way back to your hotel.

  • Sunglasses and hat

  • Travel money belt body wallet

 

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Be cautious of petty thief

  • Extra memory card

You will take tons of pictures during Vietnam and Cambodia trip because the sceneries are all beautiful and not repetitive.

Together with a lot of things to prepare before the trip, looking for the best tour companies for Vietnam and Cambodia package tour is essential. I believe it will be much easier if you go with Indochina Voyages, including 2 typical types of Vietnam and Cambodia tours 2019 such as Vietnam & Cambodia Discovery 15 days and Southern Vietnam & Cambodia Discovery 13 days. Not only assist the travelers with reasonable itinerary that matches the guests’ interests but also as an expert in the area; we bring out the very helpful advice to save a lot of your time and budget. Let’s have a look then choose the one that suits you the most or simply send us an email, we will get back to you shortly. Happy traveling!

 

Daniel Nguyen – Travel Specialist

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Thailand itinerary 1 week – 5 useful suggestions to design your trip https://www.indochinavoyages.com/travel-blog/thailand-itinerary-1-week-5-useful-suggestions

The capital city of Bangkok and Chiang Mai are two main places that you should add on your Thailand itinerary 1 week. For history buffs, a visit to Ayutthaya or Kanchanaburi is lovely too. You are planning a trip to Thailand and wondering what to do in this country for a week. Below suggestions may help:

Bangkok

Most international flights fly in and out to/from Bangkok Suvarnabhumi airport. Then this capital city is definitely the first place to check – out before you make your way further to the mountain or the islands. There are some main Bangkok attractions that you should not miss Wat Po, Grand Palace, Golden Mount Wat Saket. Enjoying a boat trip on Chao Phraya River see the local lives along the rivers at sunset is also an interesting activity.

 

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Explore Bangkok after dark – the first stop for 7 days in Thailand

At night, there are many things to do in Bangkok. You can go for a dinner with Thai traditional dance show or book a nice dinner cruise on Chao Praya river to see the city when the sun goes down and the lights lit. For those who keen on martial arts, Muay Thai Live is a good show to spend your night. Show starts from 19:00 to 22:30 and it is not available on Monday.

Day trip from Bangkok

If you are interested in history, an Ayutthaya day trip from Bangkok is a very nice idea. Ayutthaya is well known as the former Royal Capital – Thailand tours from Bangkok to Ayutthaya is classic, yet it can be done in a very unique way. Experiencing local train is always a fun activity and a great opportunity for local learning. From your hotel in Bangkok, take a ride to the railway station then jump on a local train and head to the north. You will have a chance to see Bang Pa In, also called as summer palace which was formerly used by the ancient kings of Thailand.

 

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What to do in Thailand for a week? Make sure you spend a full day for Ayutthaya

The next adventure is taking a boat trip in Ayutthaya, like we travel back in time, as the world merchants did. It worth to hire an expert tour guide for your day trip so you can know interesting stories about Portuguese, Japanese and Dutch traders who stayed and did business there. The last attraction on this trip is exploring old temples and ruins in the central area.

Floating Markets in Thailand

Searching where to go for 7 days in Thailand itinerary, you will surely encounter some articles/blogs mentioning floating markets in Thailand. The most famous place is Damnoen Saduak floating market. This well-known floating market can be combined with the River Kwai-area to make another full day of experiences. The special way to see the market is by a long-tailed boat, rowing through narrow canals and orchards.

 

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Damnoen Saduak – the most well-known floating market near Bangkok

There is only one special warning – make sure that your cameras are fully charged as photo opportunities will be endless. I enjoy watching the Thai old ladies chatting and laughing on their small little wooden boats and the way they use their long sticks to hand your changes over to you. After spending a half day at the market, you will also have a chance to see Kanchanaburi, pay a visit to the Thai-Burma railway museum and then show your respect during a short stop at the World War II Cemetery.

Chiang Mai

Thailand itinerary 7 days will not be completed without Chiang Mai. From Bangkok, you will take a short flight to Chiang Mai Thailand for 1 hour and 20 minutes by Bangkok Airways. This is just a short flight so cheap airlines also work pretty well if you want to save costs. There are many nice temples in Chiang Mai. Yet if you are not a big fan of temples, Doi Suthep is the only place that you should cover. For family vacations, the kids love elephants to make sure that you plan a full day for them to take care of these adorable creatures. Best places for elephant caring are Elephant Nature Park, Patara Elephant Farm, Eco Elephant Care.

 

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Elephant Caring Day – a joyful day to experience with your kids

Joining this activity, you will have a day without stress, just live with nature with a lot of fun. Preparing good for the baby elephants, taking them to the waterfalls and bath for them. This is also a good experience for your children to teach them how to treat animals with respect and love.

Is one week in Thailand enough?

7 days in Thailand is very tight to enjoy the beach. It would be great if you are able to extend your vacation, at least three extra nights for beach relaxation. From Chiang Mai, there are direct flights to Phuket and Koh Samui – best islands to visit in Thailand. Phuket may be more touristy and crowded by backpackers so if your budget allows, go for Koh Samui. Another option for beach, if you have more than three nights is Krabi and Phi Phi Island, you will take a flight to Krabi, stay the first night in Railay Beach then take a speed boat/local ferry to Phi Phi Island on the next day.

 

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Koh Samui is one of the best islands to visit in thailand

Planning a Thailand itinerary 1 week may be an overwhelming task as there are so many appealing places. Unless you have more than a week for this country, Bangkok and Chiang Mai – two main attractions of Classic Thailand 7 days tour – will be the best options for first comers.

 

Huyen Nguyen – Travel Specialist

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Trang An Vietnam – Top travel destination for your North Vietnam tours https://www.indochinavoyages.com/travel-blog/trang-an-vietnam-top-travel-destination-for-your-north-vietnam-tours

Together with Halong Bay, North Vietnam tours also offer a boat tour in Trang An Vietnam – the place of special geological characteristics and historical sites from the early time of Vietnam. Going through hundreds of years under the effects of nature, limestone mountains and caves having various shapes of stalactite inside have become the main scene of this area. Covering these limestone mountains are tropical forests with the diversity of flora and fauna, which brings fresh air and breathtaking landscape for Trang An.

 

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The breathtaking landscape for Trang An

However, things that make this location become mysterious is wallets under mountains and the fact that all the caves are connected by lakes, streams, and rivers. Therefore, your excursion to Trang An using boat will give you a chance to fully make the most of this destination. To help you with your trip, here we put together some useful information.

The most suitable time to travel Trang An Vietnam

You can visit Trang An at any time of the year but there are still some periods for better North Vietnam itinerary:

  • From January to March, like many areas of North Vietnam, the weather of this zone is very mild at this time. Besides, the festival in Bai Dinh Pagoda- the tourist site belonging to Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex, will take place at this period. As a result, you can pay a visit to Bai Dinh Pagoda when taking a Trang An tour. However, notice that during this course of time, Trang An is in high season; the destination will be thronged with crowds of tourists.
  • Another alternative for you is late May or early June. The weather at this stage may be quite hot but the redeeming factor is that the area will be less crowded.  Moreover, coming to the site these days, you will be impressed by the golden rice paddies of local residents surrounding Trang An while floating in a boat exploring the beauty of Mother Nature.

 

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Trang An in spring

Transportation

The distance from Hanoi to Trang An is about 100 km. Therefore, coming to Ninh Binh Vietnam from Hanoi to enjoy your North Vietnam tours, you should start your journey from early morning. The following means of transportation might be considered:

Coach

Giap Bat station and My Dinh station are the two ones where you can buy a ticket to go to Trang An by coach with around VND100,000 (approx. US$4.4). It’s recommended that you should leave at 4 or 5 am to get to your destination at 7 o’clock.

Train

If you have lots of luggage and care about safety, the train is the most suitable for you. Traveling by train is also a good chance for you to sense the beautiful landscape of the two sides of the road. The price for a slot varies depending on its quality.

Private Car

From the central Hanoi, you can follow the routine of Phap Van highway – Gie Bridge – Ninh Binh. It will cost you about an hour to reach the center of the province.

Motorbike

For ones who fancy backpacking, this means of transportation is so familiar. Following the old National Highway 1A, turning into the direction of Ninh Binh – Thanh Hoa are the things you have to do.

In case of using coach and train, you can get to Trang An from central Ninh Binh by taxi or motorbike taxi.

Trang An boat tour – unique experience in your North Vietnam tours

 

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A magnificent cave of Trang An

Since all the Trang An caves are connected with each other by rivers, lakes, streams, boats are the main means of transportation for you to explore the inside of Trang An. The fee for entering Trang An including the cost for a Trang An boat tour is VND200,000 (approx. US$8.8) for an adult and VND100,000 (approx. US$4.4) for a child under 1.4m.

3 routines you can choose to explore Trang An

  1. Trinh temple – Toi Cave – Sang Cave – Nau Ruou Cave – Tran Temple – Ba Giot Temple – Seo Cave – Son Duong Cave – Bao Hieu Pagoda – Khong Cave Tran Cave – Quy Hau Cave.
  2. Lam Cave – Vang Cave – Thanh Truot Cave – Suoi Tien Temple – Dai Cave – Vu Lam Palace – Kong’s film studio.
  3. Trinh Temple – May Cave – Tien Stream – Dia Linh Cave – Dai Cave – Vu Lam Palace – Kong’s film studio.

For the first routine, it will take you 3.5 hours. The next two ones are 2.5 hours and 3 hours respectively.

 

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Many unique scenes on Kong Skull Island are in Van Long Swamp

During the cruise around Trang An by boat, you will experience the feeling of floating on a boat gazing with veneration magnificent limestone mountains, caves and rivers around. Each cave has its own characteristics. While Toi Cave is dark all the time because of its length (315m), Sang Cave is always bright as its length is only 100m. Inside every cave, the stalactite with different shapes and colors is the thing that attracts visitors. Their names originate from their features or from mysterious legends, which you can hear from the locals. Along the journey, travelers can visit historical sites of the Dinh Dynasty and the Tran Dynasty since Trang An used to be the capital of Vietnam under these two reigns.

Useful tips when taking a boat tour to Trang An 

 

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Mountain – the main land-form of Trang An

  1. Bring a pair of sports shoes: As the most common land-form of Trang An is the mountain, a pair of sports shoes will be the best option when climbing.
  2. Choose suitable clothes: Your Trang An boat tour includes visiting some historical sites, therefore, wearing politely is recommended for foreigners coming to an Eastern country, especially Vietnam.
  3. Hire a life jacket: A boat cruise in North Vietnam tours will be much safer with a life jacket in case you don’t know how to swim.
  4. Bring a small umbrella: If you choose to travel during the period from January to March, drizzles are common to see. Bringing a small umbrella with help much with your trip.
  5. Book hotel in advance: like in every tourist attraction, the number of tourists coming to Trang An during high season is a lot, so booking in advance is the thing that you shouldn’t forget.

Besides, this Ninh Binh – Trang An Private Day tour will cover all expenses needed such as tour guide, private transfer, rowing boat ride, lunch, etc. Good luck with your trip to Trang An Vietnam!

 

Toan Do – Travel lover

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Siem Reap Tours 2019 – 5 extra activities beside visiting Angkor Wat https://ift.tt/2U1wBXb

If you are having Siem Reap tours, Cambodia, Angkor temples is definitely a must. Still, spending everyday to discover temples may be a bit boring. Personally, my top temples are Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, Ta Prohm where Angelia Jolie filmed the movie Tomb Raider and Banteay Srei – the Citadel of Women. These attractions can be covered within two full days. For those who have more than three days in Siem Reap tours, you may consider 5 extra activities below:

A boat trip on Tonle Sap lake

There are two main Tonle Sap floating villages, one named Chong Khneas and the other one called Kampong Phluk. For a trip on Tonle Sap Lake, you should have a half of Siem Reap day tours there. The floating village of Chong Khneas is located approximately 10 kilometers south of Siem Reap. You will have a chance to enjoy an exciting boat trip on a traditional wooden boat. Along the way, opportunities for photos are endless. Also, you will encounter fishermen, children going back from floating “schools”, women picking wood on the lake, etc.

For nature lovers and those who prefer a less crowded place, Kompong Phluk is an ideal place. To see this floating village, you will be taken into the heart of the mangrove forests on margins of the lake. Kampong Phluk is a group of three villages where stilt houses are built within the floodplain of the Tonle Sap, situated around 16 kilometers southeast of Siem Reap. These villages are mostly Khmer people and there are around 3000 villagers.

 

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Kampong Phluk – the floating market on Tonle Sap Lake

Phnom Kulen National Park – Cool off at Kulen Mountain

Siem Reap is hot all year round and Siem Reap temple tour with thousands of tourists may be tiring. Why don’t you take a morning to drive to the countryside to Phnom Kulen Mountain? It takes around two hours drive from the central town of Siem Reap to this place. This activity fits active people as it contains climbing up to the waterfalls on the top. Therefore, swimwear and sunglasses will be needed for swimming and relaxing by the falls.

Furthermore, a bonus point of this attraction is the fact that you will not find many tourists here, mostly local people going there for a picnic with friends or family. For local people, the place is opened for free, yet entrance fee for foreign travelers costs US$20 per adult and can be paid on the spot.

 

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Kulen Mountain – a favorite place of locals

Enjoy a dinner with traditional Apsara Dance

Apsara dancers are sculpted on the walls of Angkor temples. There is no better way to see them in persons than having dinner with Apsara Dance Show. In order to have a nice view, a pre-reserved table is highly recommended. Crystal Angkor Restaurant is one place that arranges this kind of dinner. Hence, you can take a cab to address Roud 30, Krong Siem Reap. They serve both Khmer and Western dishes at around US$15 per adult, price updated in December 2018. A small note, please make sure that your cameras are fully charged as taking a photo with Apsara dancers is a lovely way to keep your memory long.

 

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Dinner with Apsara Dance Siem Reap is a lovely way to spend your night

Buy a ticket and join the Phare circus in the evening

For family vacations, this a is very fun activity to add on your schedule. The kids certainly love the show. This activity is voted as the top shows and outdoor attraction by thousands of users on Tripadvisor. There are different types of tickets and the main difference is the view. A or B tickets work very well for me, personally. You can book tickets online via Phare circus website or get this arranged by your travel agent. This show is not only entertaining but also inspiring.

By the way, a part of the profit goes to help poor teenage Cambodia to study to have a better future. Consequently, the show is performed outdoors and quite crowded. Hand fans will be provided upon your arrival but you should prepare for an hour living with high temperature.

 

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Phare Circus – the best show to enjoy in Siem Reap

Pub street in Siem Reap – best place for a night out

Pub street in Siem Reap is the only place in Siem Reap that opens until early morning. For major hotels in the central, a tuk-tuk at about US$1 – 2 will bring you to the most crowded place around Siem Reap. Also, there are nice music from local/western-style pubs, night market with Siem Reap street food such as fried insects or nice and cheap Khmer T-shirts, local beer, etc.

 

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Finding a place for a night out in Siem Reap – go to pub street

In short, with 5 suggestions above, I trust that your Siem Reap tours will be full of experiences and joys. Let’s have a look at this Classic Glimpse Of Siem Reap 4 Days, temples are still the key but other activities will complete your time in Siem Reap Cambodia.

 

Huyen Nguyen – Travel Specialist

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How to plan the best Vietnam itinerary 2 weekshttps://http://bit.ly/2ImO3E8

Vietnam itinerary 2 weeks, 3 weeks or just 10 days, which one is sufficient? This is always a question when you are thinking of visiting Vietnam. Should it be a trip just Vietnam or a combined one with a few days extension to the famous Angkor Wat in Cambodia? How much does 2 weeks in Vietnam cost? When is the best time to go? etc. These concerns are quite understandable when you are a Vietnam first-timer and wishing to make the most out of it.

Things you should know before visiting Vietnam

With more than 3,000 kilometers of coastline, the country of Vietnam is stretched along the North to the South with two large deltas – Red River delta and Mekong delta by its ends. This geographic feature creates different climate zones and climate seasons. The North of Vietnam, which shares its North and Northwest border with China and Laos, have 4 distinctive seasons. While the South, which shares border with Cambodia and gulf of Thailand, inherits two separately wet and dry weather seasons.

 

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Vietnam map

Apparently, the long and narrow country enables Vietnam to have a diversified ethnics and minority groups, mostly stretching along its border and in the mountain areas. In the flat land, there are metropolises in the 3 main regions of the country from North, Central, South which are Hanoi, Hoi An and Ho Chi Minh city consecutively; where life exposing with its traditions, living habits and dynamically bustle daily activities.

 

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Vietnam from North to South

So if you want to capture every sights and corners of the country, it’s impossible to do in a Vietnam itinerary 2 weeks but at least Vietnam itinerary 3 weeks or more should be required. Anyhow, if your time frame is just about this given time, you should work on some destination search readings and feel what you want from that wish list, then prioritize them from the time frame. Planning an affordable one, matching your time and not to miss any nice sightseeing Vietnam has to offer, is in fact, not a big deal. Don’t forget to focus on the below key points, you will better plan a trip exactly for you without doing too much hassle works.

Some advice to choose the best Vietnam itinerary 2 weeks

Be more specific about what type of traveler you are

After reading highlights of places to visit, see what you want to do, including your special interests, you might take some suggestions below:

If you are a type of traveler who counts experience of a country on the whole picture, let make it a bit of everything here and there. Let’s plan for some mountains, some downtown, see the main sights, go to some outdoor markets, take some home visits along the road, try some different eats both in local restaurant and from street sides. This route might work well with Hanoi (3 days) – Halong (2 days) – Sapa (2 days 3 nights by train) – Hue (2 days) – Hoi An (2 days) – Ho Chi Minh (2 days) – Mekong Delta (1 day).

If you are likely a beach breaker and wish to see Vietnam in a slow pace, looking for some leisure days and doing not too much of the sights, see if this version might work: Hanoi (2 days) – Halong Bay (2 days) – Hoi An (4 days) – Saigon & Mekong (2 days) – Phu Quoc Island (3 days).

What if you are after history, people and in love with cultural identity of the destination, consider a different two-week travel itinerary in Vietnam which perfectly fit for you as Hanoi (2 days) – Ha Giang (4 days) – Ninh Binh and Halong Bay (3 days) – Hue (2 days) – Hoi An (3 days).

 

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The peaceful Hoi An ancient town

What if I wish a bit more than just traveling to Vietnam in 2 weeks?

Some people who tend not to see one destination at a time but several. This is when after taking a long flight from the other side of the global, people just don’t want to waste that flight time and see just one place. It’s often the case when a lot of people from North America and the Europeans plan to see Vietnam in two weeks, including a short extension to either Luang Prabang in Laos or Angkor Wat in Cambodia. It means that you are going to squeeze your Vietnam program a bit and to save time for the extension. Southern Vietnam itinerary is worth to be put off in this case.

 

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Angkor Wat – Cambodia

Now, see if this suggested itinerary will fit with the Ankor Wat lovers; Hanoi (2 days) – Ninh Binh & Halong Bay (3 days) – Hue (2 days) – Hoi An (3 days) – Siem Reap – Angkor Thom – Angkor Wat (4 days). The same itinerary will also work if you like the Laos extension for the last 4 days out of the Vietnam itinerary 2 weeks. It is totally doable this way as Danang International Airport is now serving direct flights both to these two cities – Luang Prabang and Siem Reap.

 

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Luang Prabang – Laos

Extra points need to be noticed

Remember, after doing some reading for destination guides that are available on Travel Fish or Vietnam Highlights, you can feel exactly what you want and may be you can even work out a perfect itinerary based on some suggested hints above. Though travel by plane from North to the Central or from the Central to South takes only an hour, it takes more time to travel for sightseeing around a region as the roads are not that good to the western standard and with a slower speed limit. Let count this when you build up your travel itinerary to make sure the pace suits you. Another way is you can contact a reputable travel company in Vietnam and ask for bunch of questions. There will always be a travel consultant to be in charge taking care of you, to answer all you need to know and it’s totally free.

Weather makes any matter?

Like the wealth of its attractions in Vietnam that you can’t do all in 2 weeks trip, there will never be 100% perfect weather time to travel into this country. If you are very much keen on the sights of Hanoi, its nearby Red River delta and the northern mountains, the best time of year is from October to April, except a bit drizzle in early March.

 

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Hoan Kiem lake – Hanoi

Though May and June are not too bad but the heat might be concerning as climate often get up to 36 – 38 degree Celsius. Hoi An should be cautioned with the first 3 weeks of November as annual flood season while Phu Quoc will offer compliment raining and thunderstorm most of October. Knowing these facts, you will better planning your itinerary and to benefit from doing the good homework during your travel time.

Pricing wise

Is Vietnam the cheap travel destination?

No, it has never been cheap but cost of living and the daily life consuming is quite affordable and inexpensive. You can get a nice meal everywhere such as Vietnam street food from US$2 for instance a bowl of Pho, Bun Cha or a big loaf of Banh My. Anyhow, for services engaged in the inbound travel industry which requires business norms and standards internationally, it seems a bit higher than the local living cost.

 

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Delicious Bun Cha

Accommodation

A decent Airbnb homestay or 3-star hotel in pretty central location might range from US$35 – US$55, depending on its service quality and location that is convenient to other necessities; and US$55 – US$100 to a deluxe level of accommodation, equal to 4* hotel ratings and > US$100 for luxury choices. This expense is counted as the major part in your tour price package. It’s suggested to mix the range and type of accommodation for the 2 weeks Vietnam trip, just make sure you are doing it where and when wisely. For example, if you have a busy day with sightseeing in Hanoi, it’s better to book with a small & boutique 3* hotel in Hanoi Old quarter. But if you are at the leisure part of the trip in Phu Quoc, it should be in a pretty nice resort where a private beach would be a big plus.

 

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Private beach in Phu Quoc Island

Same thing goes with Halong Bay, which is often a lifetime experience on board a cruise in the middle of Tonkin Gulf. It’s highly recommended to hook up with a nice boat, generally from 4* rating up. This will make your trip not in the same tone in term of accommodation and to enjoy the best where it comes to the best and save big when you don’t really need to spend.

 

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A lifetime experience on board a Halong Bay cruise

Other expenses

They are based on how you pick the tours to be privately served or group shared; where the cost involves with tour guide, vehicle used and some other built-in costs of a tour nature. Fondly, some of the day tours will be more interesting if you joined the group other than doing privately. Remember, you can always ask and have the travel consultant explained for you and to suggest you when you should make it a tailor tour join the group in your complete travel itinerary in 2 weeks.

For years in the industry, I have found out that if you travel privately with some mixture of 3-star & 4-star accommodation in a Vietnam itinerary 2 weeks, the cost is roughly at US$ 125 – 130/person per day and 2 weeks is about most sufficient. If you like a bit of everything and while gaining some cultural interactions for traveling to this country, Vietnam Cultural Highlights 14 days is a perfect Vietnam travel itinerary in 2 weeks in such a case. Let’s follow the above tips then check further from the booking guide and planning with our travel consultant for an irresistible Vietnam tours 2019 that you deserved.

 

Tim Lee – CEO

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Ha Giang Vietnam – An alternative to Sapahttps://http://bit.ly/2SzQuYz

Had been working as a tour guide for few years, I have had chances to reach many places in Vietnam, especially the northern part of the country and love them all. The breathtaking mountainous landscape, friendly people make me feel warmly welcomed all the time. But among these beautiful places, Ha Giang – the final frontier is my most favorite destination. Ha Giang Vietnam, considered as an alternative to Sapa recently, has stolen my heart from the very first time. Even the very bad car sick couldn’t stop me from coming there many times later.

Ha Giang – home to many ethnic minorities including Hmong, Dao, Tay, Giay, etc. is a remote area, closer to neighboring country of China than it is to Hanoi. Since it is far away from city center and the transportation was not very good, tourism left it behind the development. Thus, everything remains untouched on this beautiful land. Recently, Ha Giang Vietnam is becoming a popular destination for many travelers. I myself do believe that Ha Giang never makes any of these disappointed.

There are many beautiful places and things to see in Ha Giang Vietnam. Here are some my own experiences for the best experience in Ha Giang.

Things to see in Ha Giang Vietnam

Thon Tha Village or Ha Thanh Village – Phuong Do commune

Thon Tha Village which is 6 km from Ha Giang city can be considered as the first stop in this North Vietnam tours. Those two villages offer opportunity for you to stay with Tay ethnic minority and enjoy beautiful and peaceful landscape. If you come here in April, you will have chance to join in one of the most famous festival “Lau then”; in which people offer things for the God of Heaven to pray for a safe and fruitful year. If the homestay is not one of your favors, there are hotels located in Ha Giang city, though, they are not luxurious one.

 

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Thon Tha Village

Quan Ba Pass

Located 40km north of Ha Giang city, Heaven Gate of Quan Ba pass should be a stop in your list. At the top of the pass, about 1500 meters to sea level, you will have amazing view down to Tam Son valley with Impressive Twin Mountain, often called Fairy Breast by local people. Quan Ba Pass is also the gate to Dong Van Karst Plateau – a UNESCO recognized Geopark in Vietnam. If you would like to experience more local life and stay at traditional homestay, there are some of Red Dzao people available in this area. For me, this is one of the exceptional experiences I have made since staying in straw-thatched house reminds me of my childhood.

 

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Twin Mountain

Vuong Palace

In the centre of Sa Phin Valley, a very unique and rare architecture stood by – the famous Vuong Palace, built in 1914 by Vuong Chinh Duc who was considered as Hmong King of the area. The palace includes 4 transversal houses and 6 lengthwise houses. All having two floors and a total of 64 rooms. Most visitors are impressed with its detailed decoration of animals which has different symbol meanings. During your visit, a lot of stories about the family will be revealed for your information.

 

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Vuong Palace

Dong Van & Meo Vac – Ma Pi Leng Pass

Ma Pi Leng Pass that connects Dong Van and Meo Vac can be considered as the most exciting part of Ha Giang Vietnam. The road offers such a grand view with deep valley and amazing scenery. This road is the place where most of motorbike travelers in Vietnam want to conquer. Still, please consider carefully before deciding to ride a motorbike even if you are a good motorbike rider. The better way is renting a car with a guide so that the guide can take you to walk on the trail used by local people. If you come here at weekend, don’t forget to visit Meo Vac or Dong Van Sunday Market, one of the region’s biggest and most colorful with participants from Hmong, Tay, Nung, Hoa ethnic minorities.

 

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Meo Vac Sunday Market

Hoang Su Phi

Located about 350km from Hanoi, it takes you about 8 hours to get to Phung Village, central of Hoang Su Phi. Maybe, the thinking of a very long drive will discourage from coming there. However, the grandiose landscape of rice terraces of Hoang Su Phi will never disappoint you upon coming here. The best time to come here is Autumn, from September to October when all the rice terrace change into yellow color. There are several villages where you can get homestay service, but for me the best experience is at Phung village – home of La Chi People. Waking up in a traditional house, looking over the window, welcoming sunrise, seeing could flying on top of the house is the wonderful experience everyone could wish once in their life.

There are actually several ways to get to Hoang Su Phi. If you start from Hanoi, you should spend one night in Ha Giang city or Phuong Do commune and do some trekking before getting there. Most of travelers combine Bac Ha Lao Cai with Hoang Su Phi and then go to the other destination such as Quan Ba, Dong Van, Meo Vac. I think it is the best way to discover Ha Giang.

 

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Phung Village

Best time to visit Ha Giang

Since the weather in Ha Giang is clearly classified into 4 seasons as spring, summer, autumn and winter, it offers different form of landscape. It is a colorful picture in spring from January to March as it fulfills with a lot of different flowers such as peach blossom, apricot, plum, etc. Also, spring is the season of New Year and festival, ethnic minorities get dressed with their most beautiful custom; they sing, drink and dance with their traditional folk song. Summer is the time local people prepare for their planting rice. All rice terraces covered with water creates a spectacular view look like slow-moving waterfall in May. The fields are fully green and fluorescent green during June, July, August, which makes everyone feel refresh and peaceful.

For me, the time I like most about Ha Giang is September and October when the color of rice changing into golden yellow creates a gorgeous picture.

 

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Beautiful golden rice terrace in Ha Giang Vietnam

How to get to Ha Giang

You can simply go to My Dinh local bus station to catch a bus to get to Ha Giang. The duration is about 6-8 hours and the price from 10USD to 15USD/one way. The earliest one leaves at 7am and the latest one leaves at 21pm.  However, it is not really a smooth way to get a seat at local bus station. Your bus are expected to stop many times on the way to drop or recruit more people. Luckily, there are couple of bus picking up tourists from Old Quarter recently that makes it much more convenient to get Ha Giang with price ranging from 15USD to 20USD. Once you arrive to Ha Giang, let’s think about renting a motorbike to conquer the most dangerous but beautiful road of Vietnam.

However, I highly recommend the best way to get to Ha Giang is to arrange a car with Vietnam tour companies in Hanoi. You will have great chances to Explore unfold Ha Giang 5 days with many of cultural richness, diversity of minority people as well as stunning landscapes of Ha Giang Vietnam.

Happy travelling!

 

Van Do – Travel Expert

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